First off: yes. You ought to hit the beach. Nothing radiates confidence more powerfully than a big guy enjoying himself at the beach. You’ll feel it, everyone around you will feel it and you’ll have a great time.
Part of that fun is figuring out the swimsuit that best suits your body type. It’s not as hard as you might think. Look for trunks that cut off just above the knee. This will balance your body’s frame between your legs and your torso quite well. If you’re short and big, your shorts shouldn’t be too long. If you’re tall and big, you don’t want your shorts to be too short. Balance is everything. In Star Wars and beach clothing.
Dark colors are, as ever, a big man’s best friend. The best news is swimwear comes in dark colors with interesting patterns. Find something that isn’t too flashy but definitely vertical and you’ll look and feel slimmer by the second.
The following is a sentence you probably never thought you’d hear:
Tall guys have it the easiest when choosing swimsuits.
Right? Shocking. But it’s true. Swim trunks don’t need to follow as many fashion rules as regular shorts, which makes life on the beach easier for tall men.
But don’t get too carried away. You may think the longer and baggier the better, but you’re wrong. Tall guys should still wear swim trunks that end at the knee.
I mean, it’s possible. Water isn’t for everyone. Maybe you just want to lounge in the sand for a few hours with a good book.
In that case, it’s time to turn your attention to your shorts collection. Avoid cargo shorts on beach day, since the extra bulk is unnecessary and adds layers in the sun. Instead, find a nice and colorful pair of flat-front stretch-fits to lounge in. Your shirt should be short-sleeved with a splash of color or two. (And of lightweight fabric!) Toss on a pair of comfy boat shoes and you’re good to go.